We often say that ‘actions speak louder than words.’ Jesus expresses the same idea in a different way when he tells his disciples, ‘Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.’ It’s our actions, and the choices that we make, that reveal what is most important to us.
Jesus tells Peter and the twelve apostles to be good stewards. A steward is a senior servant, responsible for taking care of the master’s property. Jesus knew that he would return to God the Father, and he entrusted the apostles with a treasure – the Good News of eternal life. He gave them the responsibility for keeping it safe and passing it on to others. He trusted them to be good stewards – faithful servants.
To be a Christian is to be a person of hope. We live our lives in this world, but we are always looking forward to the life to come. Whatever position or possessions we may enjoy in the world, our hearts are in heaven and we put our trust in the promises of Christ. He is our real treasure.
The August edition of our diocesan newspaper is now on sale, price £1.50, or you can read the paper online at www.northerncross.org.uk Please consider taking out a subscription (print or online) to support the Northern Cross.
Please sanitise your hands as you enter and leave the church, and wear a face covering. If you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19, you should stay at home and not come to church.
The Rosary Group is at 6:30pm every Friday at St Cuthberts.
From Friday 9th to Sunday 11th September, St Cuthbert’s will be taking part in the national Heritage Open Days event (https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/st-cuthberts-catholic-church-durham) The church will be open to visitors from 1pm to 4:30pm on Friday and Sunday and from 10:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday. A small exhibition will be in place and light refreshments will be available. If you can help staff the church for 30 minutes or more during the day, welcoming visitors and offering refreshments, then please sign up on the list on the noticeboard or contact Andy Doyle (0798 543 4185 or email@example.com).
My name is Ben Sinclair, I’m a seminarian for the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle currently studying at the Venerable English College in Rome. I have been brought up in the diocese and my home parish is in Billingham, where I have lived since my childhood. After finishing school I studied French, Italian and Geography at Newcastle University, and it was during this time of my life that I started discerning a priestly vocation. After a year of discernment with the diocese I was accepted for formation and, in addition to my studies in Valladolid, Spain, and Rome, I have had some wonderful placements in Ashington and Heaton.
I am very much looking forward to meeting you and getting to know the parish community in the city of Durham. I am sure I have a lot to learn from you and I will certainly keep you in my prayers as I prepare to arrive. I ask you to do the same for me and especially for an increase in vocations to the priesthood.
There is an ongoing collection of items for this project including: toilet rolls, biscuits, sugar, rice and tins (meat, fish, baked beans, chick peas, tomatoes etc).Please leave your donations in the labelled box in the narthex at any time. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
A book written by Bill and Win Evans, who met as students at Durham in the 1950s. The book reflects on their family and their journey of faith, and is edited by their daughter Ruth, a contemplative sister. Available from Gracewing Publications: details here.
Proud Catholics is a support group run by and for LGBT+ Catholics in the North East. Information at https://diocesehn.org.uk/whats-on/event/proud-catholics-picnic-in-the-park/
Lindisfarne Gospels Pilgrimage: The Lindisfarne Gospels will be on display at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle from 17 September-3 December 2022. To celebrate this occasion, a challenging 140-mile journey will be undertaken with pilgrims carrying a replica of St Cuthbert’s Coffin from the River Tees to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. The pilgrimage will pass through Durham on 14-15 September. For details of how you can get involved, see: https://durhamdiocese.org/the-lindisfarne-gospels-pilgrimage/
The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies is managed and awarded by the Board of Religious Studies on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. The programme seeks to ensure that participants have a basic understanding of the central beliefs of the Catholic faith . This programme is available for catechists, lay leaders and other adults wishing to deepen their understanding of the Catholic faith and Catholic education, serving teachers in Catholic and other schools, and teachers in training preparing to take up posts in Catholic schools. The CCRS course programme is now available for 2022-2023 and there is a short presentation shown on the Diocesan website https://diocesehn.org.uk/education/continuing-professional-development-and-formation/#ccrs
If anyone would like further information, they can contact Eamonn Diffley at the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, Department for Education on 0191 243 3313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
March for Life UK 2022 will be on Saturday 3rd September. https://www.marchforlife.co.uk/
The Laudato Si’ Movement produces a monthly reflection which incorporates resources and reflections on aspects of Laudato Si’ and ecological conversion. https://diocesehn.org.uk/news/laudato-si-movement-monthly-prayer-guide/
The Search for Happiness: a weekend course on the cardinal virtues and the good life. At Stoneyhurst College, Lancashire, 26-29 August. Details at https://diocesehn.org.uk/whats-on/event/the-search-for-happiness/
A new course offered by the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham. Details at https://www.durham.ac.uk/study/courses/v8k807/
What do we need to be happy? The man who approaches Jesus in today’s Gospel thinks he knows the answer. He needs his share of the family estate, and his brother is refusing to hand it over.
Jesus doesn’t enter into this family dispute. Instead, he takes the opportunity to teach his disciples that life is not made secure by money or possessions. However much we have, it will never be enough. Jesus tells the people a parable about a rich farmer who stores up his wealth and believes that he is secure for years to come. But he can never know when God will bring his life to an end, and he cannot take his wealth with him when he dies. The rich man is a fool, Jesus tells us; he is completely turned in on himself, cut off from the love of God and the love of others. Instead of storing up his possessions, he should be ‘making himself rich in the sight of God’ by sharing what he has and loving his neighbour.
We are always tempted to want more, and to think that this will make us secure. But everything that we have in this world – money, possessions, power or fame – will pass away. Only the love of God will remain. That is our true wealth.
This Sunday, 31st July, Canon Bob Spence will celebrate both Masses at St Cuthbert’s. Please give him a warm welcome.
Please pray for Victoria Biggs and Alexander Skinner, whose Nuptial Mass will be celebrated at St Cuthbert’s on Saturday 6th August at 2:00pm.
Fr Emmanuel thanks you for your welcome last Sunday, and your support for the Mill Hill Missionaries.